Carcinogenic Coconut Oil Back in Market – ACTCOMA

By Thameenah Razeek | Published: 2:00 AM Dec 4 2021

By Thameenah Razeek

The All Ceylon Traditional Coconut Oil Manufacturers’ Association (ACTCOMA) said the company accused of importing carcinogenic coconut oil has begun distributing coconut oil to the market under its brand name.

Convener, Buddhika de Silva said it is questionable what approval the company has to import coconut oil at a time when cases filed against the company are ongoing, adding that when the Association lodged complaints in this regard in April, the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) found that the relevant firm had been importing coconut oil containing Aflatoxin.

De Silva went on to say that the Coconut Development Authority advised them that they are not in charge of releasing such products to the market, because the CAA is in charge of regulating. He further claimed that a majority of the containers carrying carcinogen-laced coconut oil were released to the market, with only a few of them being re-exported.

He also said the coconut oil firm has not accepted responsibility thus far, and that no discussions about customer safety have taken place. He said if the CAA allows firms to pursue such ventures, no one will be taken to task.

He emphasised that, despite many requests, there is no evidence that the CAA has taken any action against the company.

By Thameenah Razeek | Published: 2:00 AM Dec 4 2021

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